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6:30 PM ET, October 29, 2007

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Michael Learmonth / Variety:
Zucker says Apple deal rotten  —  NBC U says iTunes revenues meager  —  NBC U topper Jeff Zucker warned that new digital business models were turning media revenues "from dollars into pennies" and revealed NBC U booked just $15 million in revenue during the last year of its deal with Apple's iTunes.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  OK, I will admit, I was busy sharpening up the knives at BoomTown HQ to prepare for the debut of Hulu this week.  —  Let's just say that I have been dubious that two lumbering media companies-in this case, News Corp. …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults  —  The knives are out for Hulu.com.  —  Hulu is the new-media creation of two old-media rivals, NBC, which is owned by General Electric, and Fox, owned by the News Corporation.  Since March, when the broadcasters announced their joint effort to bring free …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
LET THE HULU SPIN BEGIN!
Discussion: Hulu Blog and Ars Technica
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC: iTunes Video Was A Non-Business
Discussion: PDA
David Schatsky:   "Apple Has Destroyed the Music Business"
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Response to Facebook: "Maka-Maka"  —  Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene.  It goes by the codename "Maka-Maka" inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, "Makamaka").
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Leopard will open the Mac OS X floodgates (and embarrass Microsoft)  —  As many of you are aware, I think Windows Vista is a blunder.  And with its annoying UAC system and horrifically slow operation, it won't take long before the majority of home users agree with me.
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Anil Dash:
Smug Ugly  —  Although I've been accused sometimes of reflexive contrariness, the truth is I'm just pretty consistent in my assessments of technology, with little regard for the perceptions of the companies or people who provide those technologies.  —  The best case in point I can use …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and rc3.org
Jessica Bennett / Newsweek.com:
Is Age Just a Number?  —  Whether you're a MySpace addict or a Luddite who logged on once to see what all the fuss was about, you've likely met Tom.  As the public face of MySpace, cofounder Tom Anderson has become a celebrity since the site launched in 2003 because he's every user's first …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newsweek Confirms MySpace CoFounder Lied About Age
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch  —  A crew of hackers (including hdm/metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, and NerveGas) have introduced a one-touch instant jailbreak for both iPhone and iPod touch.  The jailbreak opens your iPhone for full disk access …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
iPhone jailbreak for the masses released
ZDNet:
Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy  —  While the news that Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called "$100 laptop" has caused some consternation, One Laptop Per Child Chairman Nicholas Negroponte has said the project could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.
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BBC:
Uruguay buys first $100 laptops
Discussion: CrunchGear
John Markoff / New York Times:
Reimagining the Automobile Industry by Selling the Electricity  —  Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley technologist who was in competition to become chief executive of SAP, one of the world's largest software companies, has re-emerged with a grand plan to reinvent the world's automobile industry around battery-powered all-electric cars.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple not just refusing cash, also refusing Apple Gift Cards for iPhones  —  You can chalk this one up to our bad in assuming best intentions, but when Apple said no cash for iPhones, they damn well meant it — enough to extend the policy out to no cash for anything that could in turn purchase an iPhone.
Discussion: Epicenter, p2pnet and DailyTech
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InfoWorld:
No credit card, no iPhone
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?  —  Microsoft Deal May Boost  —  Options Prices, Hurting  —  Ability to Lure Top Talent  —  There is a little-noticed downside to Microsoft Corp.'s investment in Facebook Inc.: The deal will likely raise the price of stock options issued by the social-networking company …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Gmail Blocks Spam  —  While Gmail doesn't filters all the spam messages that could reach your inbox, it certainly does a better job than other webmail apps like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail.  Gmail's filters are constantly improving and an important ingredient of their effectiveness is the use of community signals.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA's stance on Oracle deal pummeled  —  The reaction to BEA's rejection of a $17 a share takeover offer from Oracle is brutal.  —  Of course, billionaire Carl Icahn has issues.  But analysts aren't too thrilled either.  Either BEA knows something the rest of us don't or is delusional.
Nick / Rough Type:
Veropedia and the Wikipedia mine  —  A year ago, I wondered "why no devious entrepreneurs have made a concerted effort to take Wikipedia's content, which is of course free to be reused in any way, and reformat and rebrand it as an attractive commercial site."  Why not mine Wikipedia's unexploited commercial value?
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Discussion: Slashdot
CNET News.com:
FTC: Let us fine spyware operations, already
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A 4G Standards War Is Brewing
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
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Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YourStreet Relaunches as Elegant Local News Site
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Turnaround, Step 2: Layoffs? *
Discussion: WebProNews
adCenter Blog:
adCenter upgraded with new features
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Brijit Makes Your Magazines Lovable Again
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Andrew Appel / Freedom to Tinker:
AT&T Explains Guilt by Association
Discussion: Mashable!
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT graphics processor
Reuters:
Skype and 3 launch mobile phone
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
When Google Strikes: The Story Of EnjoyPerth.net
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast to employees: talking about blocking P2P can get you fired
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Matt Cutts Confirms Paid Links & Google PageRank Update
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
MacNN:
Leopard drivers hint at upcoming MacBooks
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